History & Culture

Get to know Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady of the United States, activist, and one of the most influential leaders of the twentieth century. As wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, she played a key role in leading the nation through two national crises, the Great Depression and World War II. Through her activism and post-war diplomacy, she played a key role in the development of civil and human rights for all people.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

The biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, her personal life, activism, and influence as world leader.

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Roosevelt and the UDHR

Eleanor Roosevelt's role in the drafting and adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Eleanor Roosevelt's World

Discover the complexities of twentieth-century American during Eleanor Roosevelt's life.

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The Nineteenth Amendment

This year, we commemorate the centennial of women's right to vote.

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A History of the Roosevelt Estate

An history of the Roosevelt estate from European settlement in the seventeenth century to present day.

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Val-Kill Industries

A history of Val-Kill Industries

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The Roosevelt family and the friends and political associates that frequented Hyde Park.

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Selections from the park's museum collection.

Last updated: August 25, 2020

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